We’re delighted to welcome Teesside Cystic Fibrosis Centre who have been kindly nominated by Stockton Machine Company to be today’s Digital Matchday Sponsor…

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening inherited diseases. It is caused by a defective gene and as a result of this the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, become clogged. This can result in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty digesting food.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition. One person in 25 carries the faulty CF gene, usually without knowing - that's over 2m people in the UK. If two carriers have a baby, the child has a one-in-four chance of having the disease. 

Around 10,600 people in the UK have Cystic Fibrosis – equal to one in every 2,500 babies born. Because of recent advances in treatment, over half of people with CF are adults.

The Teesside Cystic Fibrosis Centre cares for children, young people and their families from birth to 18 years. The team are based at The James Cook University Hospital and cover the whole of the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire area. They are a dedicated team of professionals offering care and support for all aspects of life affected by CF. 

Children with CF have a daily regime of chest physiotherapy, medicines, tablets, nebulisers and supplements. Most of their treatment is given at home by parents or carers, but occasionally the children may have to be admitted to hospital for up to two weeks at a time. 

The CF team care for children and young people wherever they are, either at home, in hospital or at school or college.

The Teesside Cystic Fibrosis Centre aims to give its young patients the best opportunities to benefit from the new treatments emerging from CF research to help them have a longer and improved quality of life. 

This support enables them to participate as fully as possible in normal childhood activities such as school, college and sports.

More information can be found at www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk                     

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